President's Service Award - Fall 1995
On a day-to-day basis, Neil works hard to give library users the highest level of public service at the Main Library reference desk and through his duties related to Interlibrary Loans. As one supporter suggests, "Reference services are often the first point of contact with students and leave the most lasting impression. In my opinion, Neil does his job exceptionally well; he is unfailingly courteous, patient, and thoroughly knowledgeable about research resources at the University."
Neil Richards has initiated several projects to better the workplace and promote causes that he espouses. Neil has been involved in University concerns beyond the narrow confines of his specific unit. In so doing, Neil has made the University appear a more welcoming environment, specifically for those who might not otherwise come onto campus.
Neil took a leave of absence without pay from the University of Saskatchewan to volunteer at the Gay Archives of Canada. His commitment to AIDS awareness prompted Neil to organize "Visual AIDS" on campus in 1990. Neil makes this university a more beautiful place particularly through his work with the Art Committee of Council and the careful judgment he has used to acquire and display works of art for the University community. Students, staff, co-workers, administration, and the community at large recognize Neil for his personal initiative in many areas of scholarship and social issues as well as his collections of archival and heritage materials.
Frank Winter, Director of Libraries, says Richards has enhanced the work environment of both the Libraries and the university by providing extraordinary service in many areas. "He is an inspiration and support to his colleagues and to the users of the Library. He has demonstrated his dedication and commitment to the well-being of the University and the Libraries over many years through substantial contribution of his own time and treasure."